Above: Randy's hypnotic and cathartic process.
Did you know that in the film Herbie Goes Bananas (1980) Paco calls Herbie “Ocho” because he adds the 5 and the 3 from Herbie's racing number 53?
I didn't know that! Very interesting. Val and I got married in the 8th month on the 8th day 2015 (1+1+5+8) 888 - it's both of our numerology numbers. I'm not advocating for numerology but as a collage artist I reserve the right to identify and recognize patterns and put them together in meaningful ways.
Whats your dogs name?
Her name is Otto. It's Italian for 8. Our lucky number is 8 and we love the infinity sign so we had the name before the dog. Destiny.
You recently completed some schooling, tell me about that.
I recently went back to college to get a Post Graduate Certificate in Digital Marketing. Luckily I chose that path before the pandemic so I've spent the whole plague homeschooling. If my life's purpose is to communicate interesting ideas I think it's important to learn all the different tools I can use. Right now I'm focusing on SEO and Video - I want search engines to serve up my content to people who are looking for what I have to offer and I want to use video to engage humans with my ideas. I think it's important to always keep learning. If you're not growing, you're dying.
Whats your take on digital marketing in the age of whatever-age-we-are-in?
To be honest, I think it's the same as it's always been except that now we are operating on a larger scale. Language is coercion and we are all trying to sell something. It's all just communication, negationtion and agreement.
Worst slam on a skateboard?
Once in early high school, while riding tiny wheels and baggy pants, I was pushing hard and passing some girls on the sidewalk. I hit a rock and went flying. I rolled like half a block got all skinned and bloodied up. Those girls looked at me with dead apathy. I obviously had nothing to offer them so they didn't react at all. Sometimes humiliation is more scarring than actual cuts. It's hard to ice a bruised ego.
Best story that involves Color Magazine?
One year Color had asked me to build a trophy for their collaboration with Red Bull, a skateboard video competition I think it was called Shoot to Thrill. It was a really fun project to work on we were given free rein to make whatever we wanted. My friend Simon and made this really dope sculpture that combined gold trucks and film reels on reclaimed wood.
Another story is much more tragic. The Color office and my apartment both overlooked the Vancouver Port in Railtown while it was still a little rough. One day while hanging out in the office we noticed a "John" was with a prostitute in an open-air stairwell hundreds of yards away. We could see cops patrolling the port and right above them was a "crime" but they couldn't see it. Amongst the cranes and movement of the port, there was this organic dance happening all chaos yet somehow connected.
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